Is sleep apnea a sleep disorder?

Is sleep apnea a sleep disorder?

Night apnea or sleep apnea is the suspension of breathing during sleep. These episodes of apnea (Greek apnoia, shortness of breath) can last for a few seconds, after which normal breathing is resumed, and occur several times during sleep. Most of the time they are not enough to wake the person, but there is a change in the sleep pattern, going from deep sleep to more superficial sleep. As this sleep is not restful, the typical manifestations are a feeling of “a rare night” upon awakening, as well as fatigue and drowsiness during the day.

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